Tome; What’s Going On?

Under the sartorial command of designers Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo, Tome has gone from strength to strength since its launch just over three years ago; a finalist in this years CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the label has also recently released its first resort collection. The pair are back in New York this week with their latest designs, which (as usual) have turned the idea of “basics” on its head in the very best way possible.

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This latest collection is somehow loose yet structured, understated yet stand-out, and each individual piece feels effortlessly sophisticated. Inspired by two Indian artists – classical dancer Ruhmin Devi and contemporary photographer Dayanita Singh – the designs range from voluminous, wide silhouettes to sleek, sari-inspired wrap tops and dresses.

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“We wanted it to feel young and vibrant and fun and to echo old and new India; opulence and decrepitude, all of that in one sentence,” explained the designers, who are known for taking their inspiration from female artists.

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Skirts and dresses followed the trend for midi-length pieces that we have seen over the past few seasons, and waistlines were cinched with belts or ribbons for a beautifully feminine definition.

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Structured, graphic stripes and block colours provide a bold juxtaposition with the taffeta and lace of some of the more delicate pieces; its certainly a collection which offers up something for everyone.

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“We are here to stay and to grow,” the designers have said of their designs; and from the looks of this collection, it doesn’t look like Tome are going to be leaving us any time soon.

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